Hi panterall7. Welcome to SitePoint.
AP is not good for page layout, but neither are tables. AP is very inflexible. For example, when you add more content to an AP element, the other elements on the page don't shift position to accommodate it, meaning it's a poor method for page layout.
Of course, the ideal is to learn HTML and CSS so that you can code the page yourself. But short of that, the main thing to know about AP is that the positioning is in relation to a parent element that is also positioned (e.g. position: relative).
By default, an AP element will be placed in relation to the view-port (browser window), so it the browser window is resized, the elements will move. The way to stop that is to wrap them in another element (say a div) and give that div position: relative. So if you have a site with everyhing centered on screen, you could possibly wrap everything in a div with a class (say) of "wrap", and then in your CSS file give the "wrap" div a width (say 960px), center it (e.g. margin: 0 auto), and give it positon: relative.
margin: 0 auto;
Those styles may or may not suit your page, so for more help, it would be best to post a link.